Take The Trashbin Challenge!
The Trashbin Challenge is a simple process that anyone can do at home, school or work.
It helps to raise awareness of your plastics usage by showing you exactly how much plastic you use and discard.
Just collect your plastic waste over the course of a month so that you can analyse your plastics footprint.
We think you will be shocked at how much plastic you consume.
Collect

For one month (4 weeks) keep every single piece of plastic that you would normally recycle or throw in the bin

Analyse

How big is your plastics footprint? Analyse your plastic usage and discover your most common plastic wastes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Implement measures to reduce your plastics footprint and recycle or repurpose any plastics you buy.

Share

Spread the word! Share on social media! Get your friends involved. Start a challenge at your work or school.

Taking the challenge is easy!
  • Collect all of your plastic waste
    Keep ALL of your plastic waste for 4 weeks. Keep everything. Do not throw away or recycle anything. Wash it, clean it and keep it.
  • Weekly Check-in
    At the end of each week keep tally by sharing a photo of your plastic waste. If you are calculating your plastics footprint you can also use our tally page. Feel free to share your results on our social media feeds.
  • Calculate your plastic footprint
    After each week you can tally your results and calculate your Plastics Footprint. This result is the impact that you are having on the global plastics problem, Use the calculator to check your progress.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
    Analyse your waste, and look at ways to reduce your plastics consumption. Try replacing the common and high volume items with plastic free alternatives. Avoid items that are not recyclable in your locality. Find out where to take items not covered by municipal recycling schemes.
  • Promote a Circular Plastics Economy
    Reduce your plastics footprint by recycling and repurposing. Support recycling initiatives by purchasing recycled items. Join local community initiatives.
  • Spread the word
    Naturally after doing such a great job you will want to tell others, and that's a very good thing. Please spread the word and get others onboard
Find out more
Reduce your plastics footprint

Reduce

Avoid all single use plastics. Avoid those plastics that cannot be recycled locally. Use strategies to minimise your plastics footprint.

Repurpose

Repurposing and upcycling items instead of disposing of them is a great way to reduce plastics consumption and wastage

Recycle

Find out what plastics your local municipal waste organisations can recycle. Look for local community recycling initiatives or start your own.

Substitute

Take your own grocery bags and containers to the store. Repurpose rather than replace. Buy sustainable items wherever possible.

Raising awareness of plastics usage one trashbin at a time
Share your thoughts to our Facebook community page. Get involved in promoting the challenge in your community.
Tag us in your photos with the hashtags #TrashBinChallenge @TrashBinChallenge
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